THERE’S been a few negative stories coming out of our schools in local months, so it has been great for me to see the positive side of these establishments during the last week.
Last Wednesday I attended an open evening at Spalding Grammar School for Year 5 pupils taking their eleven-plus exam in September.
And on Tuesday evening I was present at the end-of-term play at Tydd St Mary Primary School, where my son Alfie was performing.
At the Grammar School, they let the students do the talking, and we were shown around the impressive old building by a very enthusiastic Year 8 pupil.
In every room we were greeted by other students extolling the virtues of their favourite subject. It was a joy to witness the genuine passion on show.
Alfie had also been to an enjoyable open day at Long Sutton’s Peele Community College last month, so – like hundreds of other local children – he knows he’s heading for an exciting future however he does in the exam.
As for the play at Tydd, it wasn’t just the kids who impressed me with their committed singing and acting, but also the staff who give up so much of their own time to help the children shine in these circumstances.
CONTINUING the theme of schools, today a very special lady hangs up her mop for the last time when Tydd St Mary Primary School caretaker Christine Jackson retires Mrs Jackson has served the school wonderfully well in various capacities for around 40 years – and has always done so with a broad smile on her face.
I’m sure most schools in the area have their own “Mrs Jackson”, someone who goes beyond the call of duty for the good of the children and always puts them first. But I have first-hand knowledge of Christine, having had children at Tydd for six years, so I’d just like to say: “Well done. You deserve it.”